On Thursday, August 26th, ISIS-K militants conducted a suicide bombing attack at the gates of the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

The attack struck a crowd of evacuees attempting to flee the county and escape the Taliban takeover following the withdrawal of the United States Armed Forces. An estimated 170 Afghans were killed in the blast, with an untold number of wounded.

Tragically, also within the crowd were a number of American military personnel assisting in the evacuation. 11 Marines, 1 Army soldier, and 1 Navy corpsman were killed, marking the single deadliest attack against US forces in Afghanistan since 2011.

On Saturday, the Department of Defense (as reported by the Washington Post) confirmed the identities of the fallen to be as follows:

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Tex.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza (Photo: Twitter)

  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif.

Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee was witnessed cradling and soothing a baby in her arms. (Source: Department of Defense, U.S. Central Command Public Affairs)

  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin “Taylor” Hoover (Source: Jeremy Soto via Facebook)

  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss (Photo: Army 1st Special Forces Command official page on Twitter)

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.

Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez (Source: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Reuters)

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum (Source: Twitter)

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola (Source: David Merola via Twitter)

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui (Source: New York Post)

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha

Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan Page (Source: Abbie Petersen – KETV via Twitter)

  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Mass.

Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo (Source: Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade via Facebook)

  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Ind.

Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez (Source: Pharos Tribune)

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz on deployment (Source: Facebook)

  • Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio

Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak (Source: U.S. Navy)

An additional 18 servicemen were wounded in the attack, sustaining various degrees of injury, and were transferred to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany for treatment.

With only one exception, the brave men and women who fell in service to their country last week were all in their early- to mid-twenties, meaning they were all small children at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the initial US invasion of Afghanistan.

During this time of national tragedy, FreedomWire extends our sincerest thanks to those who risk their lives for the sake of our nation, and our deepest condolences to the friends and families of those taken from us last week, both American and Afghan alike.


For more information about the fallen–the details of their lives, the records of their service, and statements from the loving families they leave behind–CLICK HERE (report courtesy of Right Side Broadcasting).

For FreedomWire’s full coverage of the Kabul Airport attack, listen to the latest episode of the FreedomWire podcast, available on Spotify.